Barbara took early retirement from teaching over ten years ago and set out on a journey with the privilege and luxury of being able to go wherever God directed her path. All her family members were settled and had financial security. So off she went and has never looked back!
Barbara comes from a farming background in rural mid-Wales and, after graduating from Reading, she lived and worked in this beautiful area for 40 years, balancing family responsibilities with the desire to work abroad in God’s mission field.
Her first adventure began in China with many valuable lessons learnt. Working alongside an amazing linguist, her TEFL training was developed in practical ways, for which she has been very grateful.
She has just returned to the UK from Pattaya, Thailand, where for five years she volunteered with a Christian ministry, teaching daily in a nursery for marginalized children.
Although Barbara is leaving this particular organization, she plans to return to Pattaya as there are many opportunities in the church and other ministries
She finds it amazing how she has been welcomed and respected. But given her caring heart for children (a hug and smile go a long way) and wealth of practical experience, we are not surprised.
Looking back over her years since going overseas, Barbara confesses she’s had the time of her life. You can catch the joy in her voice as she tells you. To which she adds: ‘I’m sure there’s more to come.’